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    Some Observations Using 2.8 with Variax and PowerCab

    Yes, that makes sense. It would be nice if on the presets where you are not forcing Variax parameters, the Helix could tell the Variax to just configure itself using its current control knob positions.
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    Powercab Strange Power-on Behavior

    This seems to be fixed with the new 2.0 firmware release.
  3. I have just installed 2.8 on my Helix rack and 2.0 on both of my PowerCab Plus cabs. I also use a Variax with the latest firmware. I decided to start setting up one of my presets to control both the Variax and PowerCabs. I can select this preset and it will change the Variax model, the Variax tuning and the PowerCab speaker model. Now when I select one of my other presets, it would be nice if the Variax and PowerCab would go back to default settings, but they don't. So, if you have 30 existing presets and you only want to force Variax tunings on only one preset for example, you will have to go and force Variax to standard tunings on all 29 other presets. Same with the PowerCab. Some questions: Can you somehow set Variax and PowerCab as a global setting across all presets but then as a per-preset setting on just a few? I couldn't find a way to use snapshots to select the PowerCab speaker model. Is that possible?
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    HX Stomp Meets His Grandad

    Yes, it's great how modeling has improved since I bought that Vetta over 16 years ago!
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    HX Stomp Meets His Grandad

    I dusted off my old Vetta combo that was in the closet. At first it wouldn't boot until I opened it up and disconnected/reconnected everything I could hoping it was a corroded connector and it worked. I plug the HX Stomp into the Vetta effects loop return with the effects loop as the last block in the Vetta chain. The Vetta is set up in half power mode with the volume knob at 25%. The HX Stomp volume is at 50% making the entire chain about 6% of maximum volume, and it's very loud but sounds very good so far.
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    Powercab Strange Power-on Behavior

    Looks like its back. Lots of clicking and popping with sound cutting in and out for about 30 seconds after power on and then it works fine from then on.
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    Powercab Strange Power-on Behavior

    I don't have MIDI connected. Recently the problem seams to have gone away. No idea why, maybe there is some sort of link training involved with L6 Link. I will keep monitoring the situation.
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    Powercab Strange Power-on Behavior

    I daisy chain the cables: Helix L6Link out -> blue L6 link cable -> L6Link in on left PC+ -> L6LInk out on left PC+ -> DMX cable -> L6Link in on right PC+
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    Powercab Strange Power-on Behavior

    I am running a blue LIne 6 link cable from my Helix Rack to the left channel Powercab+ and then a 10 foot DMX cable from the left channel Powercab+ to the right channel Powercab+, all using Line 6 link. I use a power conditioner that first turns on the Helix and then the Powercabs after a few seconds of delay. After the Powercabs turn on, they click and pop for a while and the sound turns on and off randomly from each cab. After maybe 30 seconds of this, they stay on and work fine for the rest of the time I am playing. Anyone else experience this?
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    Using Powercab IRs with Helix

    I agree that this is much like a typical amp with FX loop setup. But an ideal setup would be like a concert hall where the delay and reverb would come after the speaker cab IR. Probably doesn't make much difference though.
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    Interesting Problem With Sound Cutting Out

    Yes, the global setting solved the volume expression pedal issue. Thanks. But I did notice that it has trouble detecting expression pedal positions for other effects. For example switching to a preset using a wah expression pedal that is in the toe position starts out very muted-bassy like the pedal is near the heal position. Move the pedal back and forth to the toe position and it sounds like a normal wah in the toe position.
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    Interesting Problem With Sound Cutting Out

    Thanks. I will try this setting out.
  13. I couldn't figure out why my sound was randomly cutting out on certain presets and then I tracked down what was going on. Apparently the Helix does not sense expression pedal positions when changing to a new preset. When I switch to a preset using a volume expression pedal and the pedal is in the heel down position, the preset comes on at full volume. When my guitar cord lightly brushed up against the volume pedal, the volume would cut out until I rock the pedal forward. Maybe something to fix on a future release.
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    Guitar Input vs Effects Return

    I was using the Aux input for my bass guitar that has a built-in preamp and it worked fine. Then I tried some of my passive pickup guitars and the tone was terrible. Then I read the manual: "AUX IN (10kΩ) Connect a secondary, active-pickup equipped guitar or bass here". The low input impedance sucks the tone from the passive pickups which typically have an output impedance of 5-10K ohms. I assume the effects return may be similar but I never tried those. I use the front panel input (high impedance) with much better results.
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    Using Powercab IRs with Helix

    This may have been discussed before and I missed it (sorry) ,,,, It looks like using an IR only in the Powercab is the same as using an IR only in the Helix but with the IR as the last block in the signal chain. This seems non ideal as the optimal signal chain would be something like Amp->IR(cab)->Reverb->Delay. Using an IR in the Powercab, this would be Amp->Reverb->Delay->IR(cab). Does it make sense to use two IRs: Amp->IR(cab)->Reverb->Delay->IR(PC)? Has anyone done a comparisons between these signal chains? Maybe there is not much difference? Two IRs in series of course could be problematic.